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Cougars Advance All Three Boats to Semifinals Friday
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/27/2011
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May 27, 2011

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. - All three Washington State University boats advanced to the semifinals during the morning and afternoon sessions of the 2011 NCAA Rowing Championships Friday at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.

During the morning session each of the first three teams from the three heats in each event moved on to Saturday's semifinals, while the other seven schools competed for three spots in the semifinals in the Repechage heats beginning in the afternoon. The other four teams from the Repechage will move on to the Third Final (places 13-16) Sunday.

WSU's varsity eight and varsity four boats advanced to the semifinals in the morning as each placed third in its respective heat during the first session. The second varsity eight boat needed the Repechage heat in the afternoon to advance to the semifinals.

In the morning the Cougar varsity eight (coxswain Lexi Ryman, stroke Sarah Wolff, Hannah deVos, Allie Reilly, Corinna Sharick, Christina Kinck, Crystal Martin, Lisa Roman, Annie Eastwood) came on strong in the final 1,000 meters to finish third in the third heat with a time of 6:33.68. The Cougars trailed just Stanford in first and USC in second with times of 6:23.67 and 6:28.86, respectively. WSU moves on to Saturday's varsity eight semifinals and will compete in lane five of the second heat at 9:15 a.m. Also reaching the semifinals in the morning were Princeton, Michigan State, Virginia, Brown, California and Yale.

Also during the morning, the WSU varsity four boat (coxswain Cayla Ravancho, stroke Rachel McNeil, Liz Beck, Kasia Rademacher, Liana DeMaris) placed third the second heat with a time of 7:30.00. The Cougars finished behind Wisconsin with a time of 7:20.60 and Washington at 7:23.57. WSU moves on to Saturday's varsity four semifinals and will compete out of lane five of the second heat beginning at 10:15 a.m. Also reaching the semifinals in the morning session were California, Ohio State and Princeton from the first heat and Virginia, USC and Stanford from the third heat. The Pac-10 was the only conference to advance all of its varsity four boats to the semifinals during the Friday morning session.

In the second varsity eight race in the morning, the Cougars (coxswain Emily Boquet, stroke Natasha Ostopovich, Liz England, Stephanie Hinkle, Justine Galbraith, Mollie McCabe, Alison Smith, Sarah Powell, Carly Johnson) finished fourth in the third heat with a time of 6:47.39, moving on to the Repechage heat Friday afternoon to try and earn a spot in the semifinals.

In that heat drama prevailed, as Washington State appeared to advance to the semifinals with a third place finish and a time of 6:59.70. A photo finish was needed as Michigan won the heat with a time of 6:59.31, while California, who was relegated to the Repechage heat after a boat weighing issue in the morning, placed second with a time of 6:59.48. After the race, the same issue came about as WSU's boat came in underweight. With similar problems in the Division II races on the day, the NCAA Division I Rowing Committee concluded it was not comfortable with the integrity of the scales and adjusted the heats, returning Washington State to the semifinals. With that decision made, California was then seeded in the semis based on its original time from the morning session, and the semifinal field expanded to 13 teams with Yale, which placed fourth behind WSU in the Repechage, added to the mix.

The Cougars will race out of lane six of the second heat of the semifinals Saturday at 9:45 a.m. The Cougars will be joined in the heat by California, Stanford, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Washington and Yale. Brown, Virginia, USC, Princeton, Michigan and Michigan State will compete in the first heat at 9:30 a.m.

All three Cougar boats take to the water Saturday with a shot at Sunday's Grand Final. Live results all weekend can be found here

Sacramento State Aquatic Center
Lake Natoma - Gold River, Calif.
May 27-29, 2011

Division I Eights
Heat Three
1. Stanford 6:23.67
2. USC 6:28.86
3. Washington State 6:33.68
4. Wisconsin 6:34.81
5. Ohio State 6:36.42
6. Harvard 6:45.22

Division I Second Eights
Heat Three
1.Virginia 6:40.87
2. Wisconsin 6:42.20
3. Michigan State 6:45.70
4. Washington State 6:47.39
5. Harvard 7:00.86
6. California 6:37.04 (relegated)

Division I Second Eights
1. Michigan 6:59.31
2. California 6:59.48
3. Washington State 6:59.70
4. Yale 7:00.60*
5. Dartmouth 7:10.00
6. Harvard 7:12.36
7. Clemson 7:12.85
*Will become the 13th team in the semifinals due to officials ruling.

Division I Fours
Heat Two
1. Wisconsin 7:20.60
2. Washington 7:23.57
3. Washington State 7:30.00
4. Yale 7:36.04
5. Harvard 7:46.51

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